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The Crew 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 07/06/2018

City, Country, River. While the first game only took place on solid ground, The Crew 2 introduces players to racing in the air and on water. Find out in this review how well this open world racer runs on various notebook and desktop GPUs.

Game Engine

Hardly anything appears to have changed visually between The Crew and The Crew 2, despite there being four years between the two games. The textures, characters, their animations and the damage model could all be better in The Crew 2. The damage model is particularly rudimentary. Crashing into objects and other cars yield only stylized scratches. We could not get the cars to dent or lose any bodywork regardless of the impact to which they were subjected.

The Crew 2 has impressive draw distances though, and the reflections are pretty albeit not particularly sharp. Likewise, the cars are designed with such a high attention to detail that they often resemble both the inside and outside of real counterparts. For example, Ubisoft has done a great job at accurately recreating the Mazda MX-5’s distinctive dashboard and infotainment systems.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2

The visual effects are decent too. The day to night changes during races, the varying weather and the different seasons all create a good atmosphere, although some environments feel comparatively sterile. There are added visual touches like sparks flying and water splashes that add to the experience too. In short, there is never a dull visual moment on screen.

The Crew 2 generally does a better job at creating an interactive environment its main competitor, EA’s Need for Speed Payback. In The Crew 2, passers-by jump out of the way of imminent danger, while road boundaries like fences and pillars are destructible thanks to the physics system.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2

Overall, the graphics are fine, but they are uninspiring, as is arguably the driving model. The Crew 2 feels like an arcade racer rather than a simulation, with each vehicle handling in a similarly unrealistic fashion. Casual gamers will get their money’s worth out of The Crew 2, but many gamers will get sick of the game’s lacklustre collision system.

We did not get a chance to complete the story mode, so we can only offer a more general judgment. The story during the first few hours of play feels cliched and uninspired. The story mode is often poor in racing games though, so The Crew 2 is not particularly bad in this respect.

The keyboard layout and menu guidance are as cumbersome as they are on Need For Speed Payback though. It is obvious that Ubisoft designed The Crew 2 with consoles in mind when playing with a keyboard.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2

Fortunately, The Crew 2 has comprehensive graphics options. There are twenty graphical options across various menus which are organized by resolution, picture mode, brightness levels and details. The Crew 2 starts to come into its own from mid-range settings upwards, but there are often only subtle differences between default graphics levels. For example, High and Ultra hardly differ visually.

Graphics options can be set according to a few presets for those who do not fancy tinkering with the wealth of options available. Graphics changes are implemented without restarting the game too, which is a bonus as there are non-skippable intro videos and the game takes a while to load through Uplay. Uplay is effectively Ubisoft’s answer to Steam and acts as a launcher and store for Ubisoft games.

There are no load screens once you are past the initial boot up though, which is impressive given The Crew 2’s freely navigable open world.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2
The Crew 2

We cannot understand why Ivory Tower, the development studio responsible for the first part of the game, integrates an FPS limit. The Crew 2 will only run at a maximum of 60 FPS even with V-Sync disabled. This means that the game cannot take advantage of high refresh rate displays that would make the game look even smoother. We attempted to bypass the 30/60 FPS lock by editing the PCScalability file in the Documents folder to no avail, so all benchmarks are limited to 60 FPS. To make matters worse, The Crew 2 does not even feel that smooth at 60 FPS either.

The Crew 2 should run at a constant 60 FPS while other racing games vary between 30 and 60 FPS. However, we experienced random performance jitters on some systems for which we have no explanations as to why they occurred.

The installation size is 24 GB, which is fairly small given the size of The Crew 2’s map. The game needs to be permanently connected to the internet even on single player, while rules out gaming on the go, for example.

Benchmarks

We picked a race set in Las Vegas for our speed tests and is accessible shortly after the game’s tutorial. We recorded almost a forty-second sequence using Fraps, which correlates to around 20% of the race distance. You can watch the video below.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2

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The Crew 2 does suffer some frame rate fluctuations because of changing light and weather conditions. These change from race to race so our results are not always a 1:1 comparison.

The FPS lock also means that we are unable to see the difference in performance between stronger CPUs, at least when playing the game in Full HD. Some powerful high-end GPUs struggle to hit 60 FPS at 3,840x2,160 with details set to High or Ultra mind you.

Results

The Crew 2 has relatively moderate system requirements. Integrated GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 will not be able to run the game at any settings, but entry-level dedicated GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce 940M will be able to run the game at 1,280x720 with graphics set to low. We recommend a mid-range GPU if you would like to run The Crew 2 at 1,920x1,080. Medium to high details is playable on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, while the ultra preset requires at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

Low Preset
Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

Actual high-end GPUs are needed for playing the game in higher than Full HD. We would recommend pairing The Crew 2 with at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 for gaming at 2,560x1,440 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Laptop GPU for playing the game at 3,840x2,160.

The Crew 2
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset     2560x1440 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 Ultra Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
46.3 (min: 42) fps ∼80%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 fps ∼97%
60 fps ∼98%
60 fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
44.7 (min: 39) fps ∼77%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
42.4 (min: 35) fps ∼73%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
39.2 (min: 35) fps ∼68%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
35.1 (min: 32) fps ∼61%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
24.4 (min: 21) fps ∼42%
48.6 (min: 42) fps ∼78%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
23.6 (min: 21) fps ∼41%
44.5 (min: 39) fps ∼72%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
21.4 (min: 19) fps ∼37%
41.9 (min: 38) fps ∼68%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
23.4 (min: 21) fps ∼40%
46.8 (min: 41) fps ∼75%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
60 fps ∼98%
60 fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
17.9 (min: 16) fps ∼31%
34.1 (min: 27) fps ∼55%
54.7 (min: 48) fps ∼88%
58.4 (min: 53) fps ∼94%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼98%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
44.1 (min: 39) fps ∼71%
51 (min: 46) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
14.2 (min: 11) fps ∼24%
28.7 (min: 25) fps ∼46%
38.2 (min: 33) fps ∼62%
45.9 (min: 41) fps ∼74%
50.8 (min: 46) fps ∼83%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
11.1 (min: 10) fps ∼19%
36.9 (min: 33) fps ∼60%
41 (min: 38) fps ∼66%
45.7 (min: 42) fps ∼75%
60 (min: 57) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
14.4 (min: 11) fps ∼25%
28 (min: 24) fps ∼45%
45 (min: 40) fps ∼73%
49.1 (min: 45) fps ∼79%
52.5 (min: 47) fps ∼86%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
10.3 (min: 8) fps ∼18%
20.4 (min: 18) fps ∼33%
35.7 (min: 32) fps ∼58%
40.9 (min: 35) fps ∼66%
42.5 (min: 36) fps ∼70%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
9.2 (min: 7) fps ∼16%
32.2 (min: 28) fps ∼52%
36.8 (min: 33) fps ∼59%
42.7 (min: 32) fps ∼70%
60 (min: 59) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
19.9 (min: 17) fps ∼32%
25.1 (min: 23) fps ∼40%
28.6 (min: 26) fps ∼47%
58.8 (min: 49) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
8 (min: 6) fps ∼14%
16.7 (min: 15) fps ∼27%
27.1 (min: 25) fps ∼44%
29.6 (min: 26) fps ∼48%
32.1 (min: 28) fps ∼53%
60 (min: 58) fps ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
6 (min: 4) fps ∼10%
13.1 (min: 12) fps ∼21%
21.2 (min: 17) fps ∼34%
23.3 (min: 21) fps ∼38%
25.8 (min: 21) fps ∼42%
59.6 (min: 54) fps ∼96%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
17.1 (min: 15) fps ∼28%
20.4 (min: 18) fps ∼33%
23.5 (min: 20) fps ∼39%
55.9 (min: 49) fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
4.9 (min: 2) fps ∼8%
12 (min: 10) fps ∼19%
19.1 (min: 17) fps ∼31%
21.2 (min: 18) fps ∼34%
23.3 (min: 20) fps ∼38%
53.4 (min: 48) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
14.4 (min: 13) fps ∼24%
36.8 (min: 33) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
10.4 (min: 7) fps ∼17%
11.2 (min: 9) fps ∼18%
13.2 (min: 11) fps ∼22%
33.5 (min: 29) fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
21.5 (min: 16) fps ∼35%
24.2 (min: 18) fps ∼39%
27.1 (min: 20) fps ∼44%
35.5 (min: 24) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
9.3 (min: 8) fps ∼15%
24.5 (min: 20) fps ∼40%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
17.9 (min: 14) fps ∼29%
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y75
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
11.9 (min: 8) fps ∼19%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
7.1 (min: 6) fps ∼12%
17.5 (min: 14) fps ∼28%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     The Crew 2
 The Crew 2 (2018)
low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
60
60
60
60
46.3
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
60
60
60
60
49.7
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
60
60
60
60
44.7
 7AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
60
60
60
60
42.3
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
60
60
602
602
42.4
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
60
60
60
60
39.2
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
60
60
60
60
36.4
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
60
60
604
604
35.1
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
60
60
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
60
60
60
60
23.6
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
59.5
59.3
59.5
59.2
29.2
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
60
60
60
60
24.4
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
60
60
60
60
23.4
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
60
60
604
59.94
21.4
 45AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
60
60
60
59.1
20.3
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
60
60
58.4
54.7
17.9
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
60
50.8
48.854
43.154
14.2
 64*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
60
49.1
45.3
42
14
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
60
52.5
49.1
45
14.4
Pos      Model                                     The Crew 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
602
42.62
38.852
33.952
9.752
 81*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
42
37
33.4
10.4
 95AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
60
45.7
41
36.9
11.1
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
58.8
28.6
25.1
19.9
 115AMD Radeon Pro 560X
59.9
38.8
38.3
35
10.3
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
60
32.1
29.6
27.1
8
 127AMD Radeon Pro 555
60
31.5
28.3
26
6.7
 131NVIDIA GeForce MX150
54.652
23.42
20.82
18.12
4.9
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
59.6
25.8
23.3
21.2
6
 153AMD Radeon R9 M280X
35.5
27.1
24.2
21.5
 154*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
58.8
28.4
24.6
17.8
5.5
 227NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
36.8
14.4
 230AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
49.22
19.652
182
14.352
5
 231NVIDIA GeForce 940M
33.5
13.2
11.2
10.4
 235AMD Radeon R9 M375
40.3
16.5
14.9
13.8
 236Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
30.9
 253NVIDIA GeForce 930M
28.9
 257*NVIDIA GeForce MX110
28.8
12.7
11.4
10.4
 295AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
22.8
10.5
 302NVIDIA GeForce 920M
24.5
9.3
Pos      Model                                     The Crew 2
lowmed.highultra4k
 317Intel UHD Graphics 630
16.6
6.8
 318Intel HD Graphics 630
20.12
7.1
 320Intel HD Graphics 530
20.4
 324Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.852
 394AMD Radeon R5 M255
23.5
 401NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
15.5
 422Intel HD Graphics 4600
15.2
 424Intel HD Graphics 5500
14.3
 432*Intel HD Graphics 615
11.9
 474Intel HD Graphics 4400
6.9
 524AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
8.9
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test Systems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 bit
Desktop PC II NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4GB GDDR5)

Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor NVIDIA drivers AMD drivers
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 398.36 Adrenalin 18.6.1
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Florian Glaser, 2018-07- 6 (Update: 2018-07- 7)